Free Enterprise Academy

A Real Life Opportunity To Excel In The Growth & Understanding Of The Entrepreneurial Spirit Through Team Collaborative’s  & Leadership Opportunities.

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Free Enterprise Academy Mission

Our Mission is to teach Licking County high school juniors the skills they need to develop a startup business using the free enterprise system. The academy uses real-world experience to foster critical thinking, effective collaboration, public speaking skills, and a positive attitude.


Learn the importance of communication and the role it plays in business as well as in your personal life.


Learn various techniques and skills needed in becoming a small business owner or entrepreneur.


Learn why effective teamwork is the key to any successful business and how it ties into entrepreneurship.


Learn the skills sets and importance of leadership and what makes for true leadership in today's market.

Up To $20,000

In Scholarships

Can you Lead? Are you a Team Player and Great Communicator? Have a entrepreneurial spirit? Desire to learn more about being a business owner? Apply Now

What do our academy attendees have to say?

“The Free Enterprise Academy was one of the most educational experiences I have ever had. Being put in with multiple other students I have never met before and working together to figure out solution after solution was a growing and learning experience for everyone that participated.”
Abigail Silone
Newark Catholic, Newark Ohio
Allison Moore
Granville, Granville Ohio
"At the start of the experience, I knew nothing but the names of my mock company partners. However, by the end, I had grown to know the people around me and learned how to work with others despite our differences. Although the main allure of the program is the entrepreneurship experience it offers, I valued the collaboration aspect of it much more as it helped further prepare me for work in any field.
Dasya Sulkouskaya
Johnstown, Johnstown Ohio
"I enjoyed my experience at the free enterprise academy. I thought it was very insightful and it was a very informative program. It really put into perspective how complex the world of business really is. It was so much fun to learn and work with so many different students and people. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in business.
Alexandria Martin
Watkins Memorial, Pataskala, Ohio

Most Common Questions

The academy looks to accept between 36 & 42 students.

Free Enterprise accepts students from ALL Licking County High Schools, to include Public, Private, Charter, & Home Schooling.

The academy’s goal is that all school districts be represented, starting with a first in acceptance concept. Meaning, the earlier you apply, the more likely you are to be approved. The number of final applicants and how many from each district goes into the final decision.

Currently the academy is 100% free to students, all meals, snacks, shirts, and tools will be provided to each student.  An application fee may be requested at time of application, of which 100% will be returned upon completion of the academy.

Free Enterprise Academy is seeking students who are interested in entrepreneurship or starting a business, seeking a technical education, seeking to enroll in a two- or four-year college program, and demonstrate an appreciation of our mission statement.  the true qualification interest & some form post high school education.

Free Enterprise Academy will be held at C-TEC Campus  150 Price road, Newark Ohio 43055.  Our Dates for 2020 will be June 2nd – June 4th.

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Often we are asked about how the academy started.  Learn the full story and our history by clicking the “Our History” button.